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Grade 8 Challenge - Blog No. 2 - A Visit to Denis Wick to Pick the Perfect Mouthpieces

by Administrator 28. February 2013 09:37

As mentioned in my 1st blog, the instruments that I will be using for this event have all been kindly supplied by John Packer Musical Instruments and I am using their top of the range “3 series” brand of John Packer Instruments. Now having experimented and played around with the instruments for a few weeks, I am beginning to realise the difficulties that I will encounter in attempting these Grade 8 exams. The foremost of which being choosing mouthpieces that I believe will provide me with the endurance, intonation and tone required to be successful in my grade 8 examinations.

On the 18th of February, I visited the Denis Wick factory in Poole after being kindly invited by Denis himself [pictured below]. I was welcomed by Brian Miller who gave me the full tour of the factory where it was fascinating to see how components such as the mouthpieces and mutes are actually made and the processes involved. I was also given the opportunity to try out mouthpieces and choose the best ones for the job.

After much testing, playing and annoying the staff that were trying to work at the time in the factory, these are the Denis Wick mouthpieces that I have paired with the John Packer instruments and reasons why I chose them:

Brian Miller

Denis Wick Factory


INSTRUMENT MOUTHPIECE REASON
Trumpet: JP351LT(SW) Classic 1.5C /Ultra 1.5CH Cup depth and diameter felt very comfortable on both mouthpieces. They are different shapes and designs and I could not decide on which provided me with the best tone quality on the day so was kindly allowed to take both.

Tenor Horn: JP372 Sterling Classic 1A A deep and large diameter cup which allowed for a very sweet tone but somehow still felt more comfortable on my higher and lower range than the smaller and shallower mouthpieces I tried.

Trombone: JP332 Rath (Large Bore) Classic 4ABL This mouthpiece and instrument combination just worked so well. Even when compared to the similar 4AL mouthpiece, this one seemed a vast improvement in the power I could put through the instrument and tone that was sounding out.

Euphonium: JP374 Sterling Ultra SM3U A superb and warm tone was achieved in this pairing, perhaps a larger diameter mouthpiece than some might expect, but a personal strength in my playing is upper range and this mouthpiece allowed me to squeeze out even more warmth of sound without compromising range.

Bass Trombone: JP232 Heritage 0AL A powerful, yet controllable and open sound could be achieved through this set up. The mouthpiece is very large but somehow felt comfortable and not the ‘bucket’ feel of other bass trombone mouthpieces that I have played on.

Tuba: JP377 EEb Sterling Heritage 3XL In this combination, I thought I was looking for the impossible in a mouthpiece that would allow me comfortable low range pedals (an area I have found difficult in Tuba playing) whilst maintaining a good mid-range tone and keeping a reasonable upper tuba range. This mouthpiece ticked all of the boxes when used in conjunction with the instrument. I played lower than I have ever played and somehow maintained tone and upper range.

Russell Lock at the Denis Wick factory

If all that was not enough, I also left the factory with a practice mute for the Trumpet and some of Denis Wicks new valve oil, all of which kindly given with no charge in order to aid the fundraising for Cancer Research UK.

You can now donate to the charity directly by visiting my webpage at www.justgiving.com/Russell-Lock
You can also donate from your mobile phone by texting: GRAD88 and the amount you wish to donate (e.g £5) to 70070.
100% of the money raised will go to Cancer Research UK. Your support is very much appreciated.

Thank you,
Russell Lock
(Supported by John Packer LTD, Denis Wick Mouthpieces and Trinity College London)

All of the above Mouthpieces are available from John Packer Ltd. Call 01823 282 386 Option 1 to speak to Steve in our Brass Department.

‘The new JP/Rath trombones: ‘unsurpassed value for money’ says RAF reviewer

by Administrator 18. February 2013 12:52

It’s not often you get more than you bargained for.


Jonathan Pippen (solo trombonist – RAF Central Band) reviews the JP231Rath Bb trombone and the JP332Rath Bb/F trombone and discovers that you can get quality performance without the quality price tag. These instruments are ideal for aspiring players from student to semi pro and beyond. Their price means that they are accessible whether the player is a student in education or a player in a training band. Each one carries the indelible fingerprint of the effort that Michael Rath has put into this collaboration.


The article below is reproduced by kind courtesy of Brass Band World monthly magazine.


‘The new JP/Rath trombones: ‘unsurpassed value for money’


Brass Band World magazine gave trombonist, Jonathan Pippen, the JP332 and 231 Rath trombones to road-test and he was bowled over by the unrivalled quality to price ratio.
"These new offerings from John Packer, designed by British trombone guru, Michael Rath, promise much in the way of quality to price ratio. It's been my task over the last week or so to put the trombones through their paces, to provide you with an impartial review of their performance.

For your perspective, these are student trombones, but with a build and playing quality intended to take you further into your playing career than an instrument from another manufacturer perhaps would.
Both instruments are presented in a hard case with cloth cover incorporating handle and shoulder straps. The bustle of the school bus won’t be a worry here and the case is sturdy enough to place in any aircraft hold. The only down side is that, for the instruments to fit in these cases, you have to push the main tuning slide in. An oversight on an instrument marketed towards young players, but one that is easily remedied.


The JP231 Rath is a .525" medium large bore trombone, which is exactly the sort of instrument most players will start on and most teachers will recommend. The first impression when taking it out of the case is that the slide feels substantial. Heavy even. This trombone is a straight Bb model with 8-inch bell. It has a warm sound, more akin to a large bore instrument, but production feels easy. It’s well balanced and comfortable to hold and, like the slide, the bell section also feels weighty and the metal of the bell is pretty thick. The intonation is sound and the positions fall where ‘A Tune a Day’ says they should. No problems to report here.

It's worth stating here that the slide action is one of the finest I've ever felt on an instrument straight out of the packet and, with a little lubrication, is at least as good as I'm used to on my professional instrument. The slide action on the .547" bore JP332 Rath is exactly the same, so no fluke there. The slides are simply superb.

The 300 series instruments offer the option of an F attachment on either the medium or large bore instruments in the JP Rath range. The trombone I tested is the large bore JP 332, which has a closed wrap F section and standard rotary valve with specialist Rath cap. It’s also supplied with a counterweight on the tuning slide that helps to balance the trombone when the slide is extended past the 8.5-inch bell. As a large bore Bb/F instrument, this trombone finds itself up against stiff competition from all quarters of the industry. It's slap bang in the middle of Conn 88h and Bach 42 territory, and I have to say that even in this company it’s no slouch at all. The playing characteristic is full and mellow, and the heavy bell centres the sound. Production feels easy through the registers; the trigger functions well and has a fast action that helps with production of the low Ds, and Cs. The valve cap, which is a little heavier than a standard one, also helps to centre the notes on the F side.

The smaller of the two instruments (JP231 Rath) would be perfect for a beginner and it would not be out of place in the hands of a professional as a spare or emergency trombone while working in the big band or pop industry. The build quality is far in excess of its £432 price tag, which is one of the most competitive in the business.

The larger instrument raises more questions regarding its place in the world of beginner / intermediate instruments. In honesty, I think the weight and added expense of the F attachment will impede its use as an instrument for a seven-ten-year-old beginner, but its quality of build and playing characteristics are those of an instrument that would cost far over the £826 rrp. For the money, this is without doubt one of the finest instruments on the market.

These trombones succeed in offering a money-quality ratio that, to my knowledge, no other manufacturer has achieved. As a ‘starter instrument’, I would have no hesitation in recommending these trombones and encouraging the use of the straight variety. I would suggest that young or smaller beginners should avoid the Bb/F model simply because of weight, but once secondary school age is reached this ceases to be an issue. The Bb/F trombone will be a useful addition to any music service or school music cupboard because, to all intents and purposes, it will do the job of a professional instrument and, of course, functions as a bass trombone for a youth band or orchestra. These are solid functional trombones and, in my opinion, offer unsurpassed value for money."

JP332Rath trombone

 

Six Grade 8's in One Day?

by Administrator 1. February 2013 10:24

Charity Event Blog – Getting Started

Premise:
So I have decided to take 6 Grade 8 exams in one day in order to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The Instruments that I have decided to do this event on are; Trumpet, Tenor Horn, Euphonium, Trombone, Bass Trombone and Tuba. Now whilst I am a first study Trombone player, I have previously never taken a Grade 8 exam before (in fact the last exam I took was my Grade 7 on the Euphonium which I took 9 years ago before I had even begun playing the Trombone). Before this year, I had also never played Tuba, Trumpet or Tenor Horn before. So the challenges I will be facing include learning to adapt my embouchure to play new instruments, refreshing my valve technique and learning 18 pieces of music to a Grade 8 standard in a matter of months (I will play pieces that I have never played before, even on Trombone!!!).

In the Beginning:
In November last year (2012) on a long coach journey home from Cardiff, I’m sat thinking to myself “why have you never done your Trombone Grade 8?” after all I have completed a Music Performance Degree on the Trombone so I’ve needed to play above that standard anyway.
Then I’m thinking about a charity event I did during my degree, a concert where I raised over £500 for charity even though it was just a small, low key event. I wanted to do something bigger, raise more money for charity and advertise to a larger group of people. So in bringing the two thoughts together, I came up with this event.

Bringing it to Life:
Days went by as I thought about how I could actually make this event happen. Many problems came immediately to mind, the largest of which being the overall cost of the event:
·    In order to make this event happen I needed instruments: in fact I needed a Trumpet, Tenor Horn, Euphonium, Bass Trombone and a Tuba which I could not personally afford and that I was not willing to take money from the charity in order to buy as the accumulated cost would be thousands of pounds and I want 100% of money raised to go to the charity. On top of that I would also need to buy mouthpieces that I could use to get the job done.
·    There would also be the cost of all the music that I need. The original music is essential as you can not take an exam with photocopies (copyright) and the cost of 18 pieces of music will again be hundreds of pounds.
·    The actual price of taking Grade 8 exams, though reasonable in order to gain an internationally recognised qualification, adds up to hundreds of pounds when you are taking 6 of them at once.
·    A Pianist or Pianists will be required in order to accompany my pieces. These Pianists need to be very good and will have to give up their time in order to practice/rehearse. Traditionally Piano players like to eat and so they tend to charge a fee for their services.

I quickly realised that this event would be a no go if I had no support for this event from the large companies that are successful and running in these different areas of the industry. So I firstly researched the British based companies that were manufacturing the full range of Brass instruments and also the examining bodies that offer Grade 8 exams on the instruments that I specified. I expected that these would be the most expensive aspects for the event and the two things that could either bolt the event in to action or stop the event dead.

I contacted the examining body Trinity Guildhall first of all. I wanted to find out whether it was even possible to take 6 Grade 8 exams in one day and as to whether there was any possibility of support from the company. They assured me that I was mad but that the event was perfectly possible in theory. They also said that they would like to support the event and are currently working on finding out to what extent they are able to support the event.

Russell Lock with his JP Musical Instruments

I then contacted an instrument manufacturer whose instruments I had encountered whilst teaching, but had researched and found out that they not only produced student level instruments, but they also produced professional quality instruments in collaboration with some of the UK’s top Brass instrument designers. The company was John Packer Musical Instruments and they got back to me inviting me to their store in Somerset on the 5th January 2013 in order to discuss the event and the possibility of endorsing their highest level “3 series” brass instruments.
On the 5th January I travelled to the John Packer store and was stunned at the amount of Brass and wind instruments on display there. The staff were professional and welcoming and we sat talking not only about the instruments, but also about possible marketing strategies for the event for almost an hour and a half. I found the discussion very useful and not only were the company willing to provide me with all of the instruments that I required, they also expressed a keen interest in helping me with the advertising and raising as much money as possible for the Cancer Research UK.
It was at this point that I knew the event would go ahead and I can not thank the entire John Packer Company enough for the time and resources that they have provided for me in order for this event to take place.

Alongside contacting John Packer Musical Instruments, I also contacted a large brass accessory manufacturing company called Denis Wick named after and created by the legendary trombonist of the same name. I contacted them in regards to obtaining the mouthpieces and other accessories that I may require in order for this event to go ahead. I was then contacted by Denis Wick himself who said that the company would be willing to support the event for the charity and invited me to visit their factory in Dorset in order to test mouthpieces to the instruments and decide which mouthpieces would suit me the best and then take those away to use for the event. I will therefore be travelling to the factory on the 18th February 2013 in order to do this. My thanks go out to Denis Wick and those working with him for their time and support.

I am currently in the process of contacting sheet music distributors in order to see if they are able to support the event and will contact the local music college when I have music in order to try to find some Pianists willing to support Cancer Research UK and accompany me in this charity event.

My thanks go out to all of the people and companies that have given both their time and resources in order to support me and this event. Without you this event could not take place. Thank you.

Russell Lock

Supporting the event:
Cancer Research UK have aided me in the advertising for this event and by providing me with a variety of ways in order to fundraise for this event:
You can now donate to the charity directly by visiting my webpage at www.justgiving.com/Russell-Lock
You can also donate from your mobile phone by texting: GRAD88 and the amount you wish to donate (e.g £5) to 70070.
100% of the money raised will go to Cancer Research UK.

What to Expect When Shopping for Euphoniums

by Administrator 3. August 2012 14:00

IF you take an initial glance at the wide range of euphoniums available in the modern world it will seem like a very bewildering prospect of actually finding the one that suits you best, so our Brass Department have drawn up this easy no nonsense guide to Euphoniums.

 Euphoniums can be split into 3 categories:     
 3 valve Euphs
 
4 valve Non Compensating Euphs
 
4 valve Compensating Euphs

3 Valve Euphs – Generally considered to be ‘student’ level as they only have 3 valves (rather than 4) which makes them light and easy to use especially for younger players. Our best selling ‘student’ 3 valve euphonium is our very own JP074 with prices from £344 inc. VAT.

The 4th valve on a euphonium increases it’s range by 2 ½ tones downwards when used. The 4th valve on euphoniums played in the UK is usually separated from the main valve block and is played with the left hand. Non Compensating euphoniums are considered a step up from the starter 3 valve instrument as it offers the player access to the lower range but may have a tendency to play sharp.
Non Compensating models start from £420.

JP274 Euphonium

Compensating 4 valve euphoniums are considered to be advanced models as not only have the 4th valve but also have extra tubing called ‘knuckles’ which ensures that the instrument plays more accurately in tune. Due to the extra tubing, larger bell and bigger bore the compensating euph is heavier than other models but the result is a much larger / rounder sound. Tuning can be further refined by the addition of a main slide trigger which can be found on certain models.
Prices for compensating euphs start from £700 for a JP274 right upto nearly £6000 for Sterling / Besson and Yamaha professional euphoniums.     

If you would like any more information about euphoniums, contact Steve on steve@johnpacker.co.uk or call 01823 282386 (option 1).





Upgrade your JP musical instrument and save up to 20%!

by Administrator 18. April 2012 12:39

 

What is the JP+ Scheme? 

THE JP+ Scheme allows you to upgrade your JP instrument to a higher spec JP model (within the same musical family) and receive a discount of up to 20%.

Why Upgrade?

SO you've got off the marks and are progressing through the grades - well done! Our JP instruments are designed to support the progress of a player, so by upgrading you'll be allowing yourself to reach new potential.

Who Can Upgrade?

ANY school or individual owner of a JP Musical Instrument can upgrade. They can even keep their old instrument. Proof of purchase is required.

What Saving Can Be Made?

THE JP+ Scheme allows you to upgrade any JP model and save as follows:

10% off a JP 1 Series instrument
15% off a JP 2 Series instrument
20% off a JP 3 Series instrument

If you're at a state school you can still purchase it via the Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme and save the VAT! For more information on the AIPS click here

How Do You Do the JP+?

IT'S easy! Call us on 01823 282386. We'll need to know what instrument you want to upgrade, and details of your current JP instrument. You can then buy your new JP instrument!

Where Can You Do The JP+?

ALL UK retailers of JP Musical Instruments are participating in the scheme.

Terms & Conditions:

Must be same instrument type. You cannot upgrade a flute for a trumpet! Offer only applies to John Packer Musical Instruments. You can keep your own instrument, although you may be able to part exchange it (subject to condition etc.). You must present us with proof of purchase/ownership, including the model and serial number. You can only use your instrument to upgrade once. This scheme cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer or promotion. We reserve the right to close the offer at any time without notice or obligation.

Speak to one of our sales staff to arrange your upgrade. Call 01823 282386.



Why does it play so well for so little?

by Administrator 10. February 2012 11:25

JOHN Packer Ltd are proud to launch the JP377Sterling EEb tuba - the newest lower brass instrument in partnership with Paul Riggett of Sterling Brass.

Priced at £3840 inc vat for the JP377Sterling in gold lacquer and £4320 inc vat for the silver plated JP377Sterling, these instruments have been designed to the highest standard of manufacture and perform instruments of a much higher price bracket.

Paul Riggett of Sterling Musical Instruments was previously Manufacturing Manager for Boosey & Hawkes and has a wealth of experience built up over many years in the industry. He has been involved at grassroots level overseeing the design and production of this fine instrument which has resulted in an astonishing instrument that will prompt you to ask ‘why does it play so well for so little!’

Designed for the amateur / pro player at an affordable price this tuba will compete happily against many more expensive tubas.  

Technical info:

Sterling design and leadpipe

High grade 80:20 brass

19” bell for greater sound projection

Fully compensating 4 valve system

Supplied with a high quality lightweight case with wheels and a JP611 mouthpiece.

Click here to buy!

 



Four New Saxes Raise The JP Bar

by Administrator 23. January 2012 14:59

JP Rosestone alto saxophone

OVER our years of saxophone production we've seen just how many budding musicians have started on our JP041s who are now happily advancing onto more advanced saxes. We're always looking at ways we can improve our instruments and uncover new musical areas. We like to feel that we are part of a musican's life from the tentative B-A-G, to a much higher level of musicianship. Understanding our players has helped us understand our instruments; what players want from the instruments and - just as importantly - how much they want to spend.

As a woodwind musician, John Packer has taken a personal interest in bringing a new class of instruments into the market. The 2 series offer a level of performance that would normally only be found in 'step up' or middle range instruments, yet still priced to fit into the student market. Despite their modest price, the 2-series instruments have a performace capability which has impressed a number of well known professional players in the UK who now use them in their day to day work at the highest level.

2012 sees four new saxophones onto the scene, each a perfect specimen for the advancing player heading to the upper grades.

The JP243 Soprano saxophone and JP245 Alto saxophone are both all new designs. Specific features include the following:

•    High grade 80:20 brass   
•    Underslung 8ve mechanism           
•    Floating plate design for little finger (LH) cluster   
•    Full ribbed construction               
•    ‘Abalone’ pearls                   
•    Italian leather pads               
•    Blue steel springs               
•    Double spine on B & C               
•    Resonator pads                   
•    Adjustable thumb rest               
•    Adjustable back stops               
•    G#/Bb & F/F# independent adjustment       
•    Lyre box                   
•    Mechanism includes: High F#, Front F, High G (on soprano model only

The JP243 soprano saxophone also features a straight neck.

The glorious new Rosestone saxophones (alto pictured left) are an even higher example of JP manufacturing. The alto (£1495) and tenor saxophone models are designed to slot comfortably into the upper student/semi-professional performance area.

This instrument exhibits a very high standard of workmanship and a matching level of excitement for the player. It looks gorgeous in its gold lacquer finish and is capable of both great power and subtlety. It also has a superb tuning scale. This is a multi-faceted instrument and is ready to support players in whatever musical environment they find themselves

The comprehensive package includes Selmer C* mouthpiece, Rovner (Dark) ligature and essential cleaning materials all in a high quality lightweight case.

 



The 300 Series - a New Generation of JP

by Administrator 10. January 2012 10:06

OVER the last few years John Packer Ltd has established a reputation for effective innovation in the student markets across a broad product range, from reduced system flutes, to double French horns. Many changes to design, materials and manufacturing techniques have led to a plethora of instruments that are well established and well respected across Europe and, increasingly, across the broader world music stage.


Those watching our progress will also have noticed that we've not been afraid to move into, and develop, minority instrument markets. Our reduced system oboe and development of a shortreach bassoon have been met positively by schools, teachers and parents alike. Despite this, however, we never regard an instrument as being truly 'finished'. We're always listening to feedback from beginners all the way to professional players and teachers so that we can continually evolve our instruments into the best they can be. We think of all the instruments in the JP range as being works in progress and this has led to increasingly high performance and manufacturing standards.

As a result of this, we've been hard at work developing a new level of product to bear the JP badge. The JP '3' series. It has always been our policy to provide performance levels that are higher than the price would suggest is possible. The JP '3' series incorporate sophisticated design elements, the highest standards of workmanship, the best materials and a performance level that would meet and excel the needs of a professional player.

This stunning line-up of instruments so far includes the JP351SWLR Bb trumpet, JP371SW Bb cornet, JP373 baritone horn, JP374 euphonium and the JP331Rath & JP332Rath Bb/F trombones. Many more will follow.

The Instruments

The new JP351SWLR trumpet incorporates a lightweight one-piece bell and a nickel silver reverse leadpipe which has been custom designed by Richard Smith of Smith-Watkins. These are professional features and are usually restricted to only the most expensive instruments.

Likewise, the JP371SW Bb cornet comes with a custom designed leadpipe by Smith-Watkins and a one-piece bell. It also has 1st and 3rd valve triggers and is large bore, accommodating professional needs.

The JP373 compensating baritone has once again raised the bar in this market. Made in the same factory alongside the new JPRATH trombone project this new Baritone features not only high grade brass but a Monel valve block with nylon valve guides. It is an excellent horn; offering players an extremely high level of performance.

Our JP374 Euphonium (pictured left) has already an abundance of credits under its belt. Professional Andy Woods has used his euphonium in the recording of the Coronation Street theme, not to mention many films, including Wallace & Grommit, computer games, session work with Dido and on Radio 2 with the BBC Big Band! The quality of manufacture and materials makes the JP374 Euphonium ideal for Andy's needs.

The latest additions to the series are the JP331Rath/JP332Rath Bb/F trombones. Launched at the 2010 International Trombone Festival in Austin, Texas, these trombones were much anticipated by fans of the JP/RATH collaboration. These Bb/F trombones represent exceptional quality, high specification and remarkable value. Michael Rath is someone for whom high standards are paramount and his involvement from concept to end product is the key to the success of this collaboration. Mick has been working at our factory with the technicians who make the instruments to ensure that they make them exactly as he does. The JP331Rath is a medium large bore (0.525") instrument and the JP332Rath a large bore  (0.547"). Both carry the benefits of Michael Rath's enormous experience.

We're excited about the future of JP instruments; you can rest assured many more instruments in the 3 series will follow.

 

The JP '3' series - a materialisation of the concept of providing professional quality at an intermediate price.



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One of a kind euphonium on display at Cheltenham this weekend

by Administrator 20. September 2011 15:04

John Packer Ltd will be attending the Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham this weekend with some fantastic new products on display, including a unique ‘White Rose’ euphonium handmade by Paul Riggett of Sterling Musical Instruments.


John Packer Ltd has established a reputation  for innovation, following collaborations with Dr Richard Smith of Smith-Watkins, Michael Rath Trombones and Sterling Musical Instruments  These three highly successful partnerships have been significant to the brass market, with many professional players and teachers turning to the JP range for their high performance at a moderate price.

Instruments from the new line of JPSterling lower brass instruments will be available to try out at the John Packer exhibition stand, along with instruments designed by JPRath and the famous modular Rath trombones, JPSmith-Watkins and the professional range of Smith-Watkins instruments. A large selection of accessories will also be available. 

Feel free to come along and see our friendly staff, who can help with any musical enquiry – beginner, professional, or school queries welcome.

If you would like us to take anything in particular from our shop we will do our best to accommodate. Please contact steve@johnpacker.co.uk or call 01823 282386 to arrange beforehand.

Look forward to seeing lots of customers there!




New York based freelance trombonist Roland Barber reviews JP Rath trombones on The Trombone Forum

by Administrator 6. July 2011 15:24

"...Wildest surpise: John Packer Rath (student horn????) (available at Dillon)

The multiple question marks are because this horn [JP230 Rath], other than the $700 pricetag, did not say "student" at all.  This horn has the most heat, bite, and sizzle of ANY "student/intermed" horn I've ever tried.  Absolutely perfect for pop/soul/funk/section playing, in my opinion. And an incredible high range playability.  Just remarkable. Horns like this have the potential to change the game at many levels.  Remember the loud playing small bore thread? This horn goes on it, darn near the top of the list. A very dominant, passionate high register, and slots great between High F and altissimo A flat - I'm not used to horns that you can lean on THAT hard (fff) and get your effort's worth up in that register. I had to settle in and focus in order to stop cracking the F from above...

Instead of sending my students who are looking for a solid jazz horn on a semi-tight budget to find an old 2B or 3B, for the same or less money - this horn is a winner

And I tried the .5

25 [JP231 Rath] as well -  This horn handled somewhat like a .508 but played very big and still soulful...More of a solid blow than a 3B, and with a broader yet quite intense sound. Think of Jimmy Bosch type tone without the effort that you'd normally have to give to get that much sound out. I had NO idea on first try that it was .525.  This is kind of what I imagine a KING 4B really WANTS to do...Both excellent horns, and exciting additions to the marketplace in terms of quality and pricepoint. Congrats to Rath and Co..."

For the full review click here

For more information about the American Jazz trombonist Roland Barber click here